Nearly five years after his first truffle sale, Tim Kellogg, the Meeteetse chocolatier, is well versed in balancing the roles of a cowboy and a chocolate chef. "I say that my dog loves me either way," he jokes. "I either smell like manure or chocolate." He learned how to make chocolate from his grandma, and started selling it in order to make enough money in high school to buy a saddle.
By day he works on a cattle ranch. Every night he makes up to 800 truffles for his candy store in Meteetsee, Wyoming, a typical tiny Wyoming town - population 351 (only 8 towns in Wyoming have a population over 10,000). He must get good business from all the tourists on their way to Yellowstone, or the population of Meteetse is noticeably overweight!
His truffles are a story in themselves with unique flavors like Coors and Jack Daniels, and my personal favorites, champagne, huckleberry, and key lime. I'm not sure I would be brave enough to try his signature Wyoming flavor, the sage truffle (in honor of the ubiquitous Wyoming sagebrush).
Doesn't a cowboy chocolatier sound like a great idea for a story character? I'm already brainstorming.
What two common subjects would you combine to create an interesting story or character idea?